USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Imports of Fruits, Vegetables and Plants for Planting
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than July 18 on the proposed extension of an information collection regarding the importation of fruits and vegetables. USDA regulations prohibit or restrict the importation of certain fruits and vegetables from certain parts of the world to prevent the introduction and dissemination of fruit flies and other injurious plant pests that are new to or not widely distributed within the United States. To implement these restrictions APHIS collects information using PPQ form 587 (permit application) as well as phytosanitary certificates, inspections, records, labeling and trapping.
APHIS is also accepting comments through Aug. 19 on information collections associated with the importation of Pelargonium spp. plants from the Canary Islands and plants from Israel except bulbs, dormant perennials and seeds. These information collection activities include phytosanitary certificates with additional declaration statements, grower registration and agreements, and production site registration for the export program.